Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Antonucci named associate vice president for research

Professor Toni Antonucci has been appointed associate vice president for research, effective May 1.

Antonucci’s areas of emphasis in the Office of the Vice President for Research will be in support of the social sciences and humanities. She is a distinguished social scientist whose research focuses on social relations and health across the life span, including multigenerational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the life span in the United States, Europe and Japan. This appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Regents at its March 19 meeting.

In her position, Antonucci will lead a joint initiative between OVPR and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies on the future of the social sciences, with special attention to interdisciplinary issues and building bridges among the social sciences and the humanities. She will develop new academic and research initiatives in the social sciences and humanities. She also will serve as liaison between OVPR and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) leadership.

Antonucci is the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology as well as senior research scientist and program director of the Life Course Development Program in the Institute for Social Research (ISR). She also serves as associate dean for academic programs and interdisciplinary studies in the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, a position she will leave upon joining OVPR.

She earned a doctorate in psychology from Wayne State University in 1973. She was a member of the Syracuse University faculty in the Department of Psychology from 1973-79, when she joined U-M as an assistant professor of family practice in the School of Medicine and assistant research scientist in ISR. She was promoted to associate research scientist in 1982 and associate professor of psychology in 1988, when she also became faculty associate in the Institute of Gerontology. In 1990 Antonucci became program director and research professor in ISR and was promoted to professor in the Department of Psychology. In addition to her position at Rackham, she served as assistant dean for faculty appointments in LSA from 1996-98.

In 2005 Antonucci was elected chair of the American Psychological Society Committee on Aging. She currently is president of the Society for the Study of Human Development, is past president of the Gerontological Society of America, and has served on the United Nations International Aging Advisory Committee and the Council of the International Association of Gerontology. From 1992-94, Antonucci was a Fogarty Senior International Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Récherche Medicale, Paris, France. In 1985 she received a five-year Research Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging.

Antonucci’s research has been extensively published and cited in the social sciences, and she has been principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous research projects funded by entities such as the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Society, American Psychological Association, Gerontological Society of America, and the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, and has served as editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.